Bank of China Stone Lions
Public Art : Bank of China Stone Lions
Location:The Stone Lions are guarding the Des Voeux
Road entrance of the Bank of China Building, Central, Hong Kong.
Vandalism: In January, 1997 a man suddenly appeared
at lunch time in Statue Square armed with two buckets of red paint. On lookers watched as the man
swung one of the buckets at his intended target, the statue of Sir Thomas Jackson. Fortunately, the man
was small in stature so he only managed to dowse the feet of Sir Jackson with a splash of red. The vandal
then proceeded across the road to Des Voeux Road entrance of the Bank of China Building with his
buckets and proceeded to throw the other one over one of the stone lions leaving it red faced.
This was not the first time these two stone lions have been victims of attacks. On the 29th
September, 1989, both lions were doused with red paint . This being a regular date for protests
against National Day celebrations after the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Then the next year, on the 1st of October , 1990, (Chinese National Day) someone poured black
paint over one of the lions.
References: South China Morning Post, Article;
Mystery man hurls red paint at statues, by BILLY WONG WAI-YU, published : Sunday, 05 January, 1997